SANDAKAN: “Finish what you have started. And never give up.”
This was the wisdom that the late Stephen Wong passed down to his youngest daughter Vivian Wong, who has been chosen by Sabah DAP to contest the by-election here.
“My dad taught me that sometimes in different situations, things are not easy to be resolved but his stand is you must finish what you started.
“So I will try my best to continue his legacy. I will carry on his unfinished tasks as well as add on new ideas and plans for the people.
“We will make sure that what my dad had done in the past will never be forgotten,” said the 30-year-old, who described her late father as a “humble man”.
Wong, who delved in politics since 2012 and was the special assistant to her father in the Sabah Health and People’s Wellbeing Ministry, admitted that there was pressure in bearing the responsibility after his death on March 28.
“I still miss him dearly but I am glad he gave me a lot of training, in terms of leadership and politics.
“I am very grateful that party leaders see the potential in me and my family members for their support.
“My sisters are back here to assist me in campaigning and my mother is also joining us after the nomination,” she said, adding that her friends were also happy and rooting for a new voice for the youth in Parliament.
Recalling her days in volunteering works overseas, Wong said her driving force behind politics was always to serve.
“I have a social activist background, and I believe a people’s representative must have the heart and passion to serve the people,” she said.
Wong said her father’s main focus for Sandakan was to boost economic activities through tourism.
“That was why he requested for the expansion of Sandakan airport, which is going to kick start this year.
Besides serving international tourists, Sabahans can treat Sandakan as a weekend holiday spot,” she said.
“But we need to add more attractions for the people.”
Wong said her idea was to bring back the heritage of “little Hong Kong” from the past and balancing it with the flora and fauna found here.
“We can use ideas and energy of the youth to bring back the olden days,” she said.
On a lighter note, Wing said she would still find time to meet up with old friends and network with people due to her outgoing personality.
“I like to chit chat over bubble tea or coffee. But I may not have much time now,” she said.